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Avon homeowners want town to pay Snow Ball bill

AVON, Colorado – The Snow Ball music festival cost a condo association more than $1,700, and they’re demanding the town pay the bills.

The Beaver Bench Condominium Association says they spent $1,786 “defending our property” during the three-day event in Avon’s Nottingham Park. Beaver Bench condos are located along the edge of the park.

“The Snow Ball – profitable, perhaps, for local bars, restaurants and liquor stores, as well as the town itself – was a disaster for nearly everyone living along the boundaries of Harry A. Nottingham Park. We believe the real story of damage, noise, arrests, trash, mayhem and other unfortunate scenarios related to this multi-day mess has yet to be written!” the condo association wrote in a letter from president Stephen Wood.

The festival came and went a month ago, but its aftermath is still present, Wood wrote.

“With spring weather arriving and winter snows now receding, the festival’s aftermath continues to unfold at the Beaver Bench Condominium, located on Harry A. Nottingham Park adjacent to the main stage area,” Wood wrote.

The BBCOA says it spent $1,786.13 on:

• Town of Vail, $1,200: police “extra duty.” Sunridge Condos shared that expense.

• AAA Boot Parking, $320: traffic/parking control

• Freeman Irrigation, $135: snowplow work to block driveway to parking lot, subsequent removal and cleanup

• Merritt Services, $105: miscellaneous labor

• Shop N Hop, Eagle-Vail, $26.13: Fuel for snowplow and misc. labor transportation. Sunridge also helped with that expense.

“We consider the town’s reimbursement for these expenses a “moral obligation,” Wood wrote.

Shawn Primmer of Silver Eagle Management manages Beaver Bench and Sunridge, and the bill does not include his time, and others “preparing for, fielding complaints about and defending our property from the throngs of concert-goers before, during and after the event.”

The Town Council is weighing the pros and cons of Snow Ball, but as far as Wood and the other Beaver Bench homeowners are concerned, the issue is decided.

“On behalf of my fellow members on the BBCOA Board of Directors, the owners/residents of our 44-unit property and our neighbors residing on Nottingham Lake within earshot of the Snow Ball Music Festival, let me state, unequivocally and for the record, we are NOT in favor of this or any other, similar event, being staged again at Harry A. Nottingham Park in the future,” Wood wrote.

Town of Avon officials were not available Friday afternoon to comment on when, or if, they’d pay the bill.

The Snow Ball was held March 4-6 in Avon, and was headlined by Pretty Lights, Bassnectar and the Flaming Lips.

Staff Writer Randy Wyrick can be reached at 970-748-2935 or rwyrick@vaildaily.com.

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